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15 million year old lake


This picture comes via our South Pole Gazette , which scours the internet looking for interesting Antarctic stories. This particular story comes from a blog called The Daily Galaxy.

Apparently, researchers have thawed ice estimated to be perhaps a million years old or more from above Lake Vostok, an ancient lake that lies hidden more than two miles beneath the frozen surface of Antarctica.

Lake Vostok is located beneath four kilometers of ice in East Antarctica. The lake is approximately 250 km long and 50 km wide. The overlying ice provides a continuous paleo-climatic record of 400,000 years, although the lake water itself may have been isolated for as long as 15 million years.

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Posted by Tim Fright on December 9, 2007 7:47 PM